Torch Lake Articles

Best Sunset Spots in the Charlevoix & Chain of Lakes Region

From Elk Rapids to Charlevoix, here are five great spots to watch the sunset in the Charlevoix & Chain of Lakes region. This article was first...

Red Hot Best 2021: Top 7 Happy Hours in Northern Michigan

From food truck parks in Petoskey and Traverse City to a pink-themed pub and restaurant on Mackinac Island, here are your top 7 Red Hot Best winning...

3 New Outdoor Adventures You Can’t Miss in Northern Michigan

Even if you think you’ve seen and done it all in Northern Michigan, there's always new excursions popping up! From clear kayaks to wilderness...

Red Hot Best 2021: Top 7 Up North Outdoor Dining Restaurants

In the wake of Covid-19, restaurants have embraced open-air dining as the way of the future; many using the natural backdrop of Northern Michigan to...

Red Hot Best 2021: Charlevoix & Chain of Lakes

Searching for the best restaurants, businesses and activities in Charlevoix & the Chain of Lakes? Explore all 47 Red Hot Best categories ranging...

3 Northern Michigan Window Vignettes to Inspire Your Home

Three local Northern Michigan designers demonstrate that how you look out on the world can shape your frame of mind. From industrial to mid-century...


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Summer Camps for Kids

These Northern Michigan summer camps embrace a love of the outdoors and the arts.

Endless Summer Family Fun

There are endless opportunities for outdoor fun, so we’ve created this list of 10 healthy and affordable Northern Michigan summer activities to keep your family moving. 

Best Beaches For Kids

We asked our readers to share their favorite spots to take young children to cool off (bonus points for places with playgrounds, restrooms, and picnic tables). These are their picks for best Northern Michigan beaches for kids.

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Traverse City (even on rainy days!)

From exploring the Children's Museum to family-friendly wineries, Traverse City offers endless options for kids and families!

Best Biking For Kids

Sometimes difficult terrain or cars zipping by can make riding too difficult for kids. Read on for our picks of the best Northern Michigan bike trails for kids.

Make It a Day on Mackinac Island

Forts, fudge, biking the island and horse-drawn carriage rides. It's kid heaven...and parents love it, too!

Building a Life

Getting to Northern Michigan